Vacaville School District to host public hearings on redistricting – Daily Republic

The Vacaville School District governing board has begun its redistricting process to evaluate the 2020 U.S. census data and current trustee areas.

Public hearings related to trustee-area redistricting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 and Jan. 27 at the Education Services Center, located at 401 Nut Tree Road.

These hearings will provide information and gather public input on the potential changes to the trustee area map adopted Dec. 19, 2018. Maps, plan proposal submissions and other information can be found on the district’s webpage at vacavilleusd.org/CVRA.

Source: Vacaville School District to host public hearings on redistricting

Vacaville school board looks to update positions, add others, boost some sub pay – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Vacaville school board will be updating this week on salaries and classifications of personnel titles.

Assistant Superintendent Chris Hulett is requesting approval of a Memorandum of Understanding and increase of $50 per day to the off-duty substitute rate for Vacaville Teachers Association members for the 2021-22 school year. This increase reflects the same increase the district gave to regular substitutes earlier this year.

The board approved a temporary increase to the Certificated Substitute Salary Schedule on Sept. 23. This increase added $50 to all daily rates. This proposal reflects the same increase to the VTA Off-Duty rate on its schedule K. The district would pay this rate to current VTA members who substitute on off-duty days, which according to a staff report is uncommon.

Source: Vacaville school board looks to update positions, add others, boost some sub pay

Solano could begin vaccines for children 5 to 11 next week – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

It will be a few more days before Solano County health officials will know if Halloween festivities have caused a bump in coronavirus cases.

In the meantime, the Public Health Division on Monday reported 102 additional coronavirus cases since Friday’s update – 99 actually during that three-day period – for a pandemic total of 45,824. The 10-day daily case average Monday was 28.4, the county reported. That compares to a 41-case average Friday.

Dr. Bela Matyas, the county public health officer, said he expects those weekend numbers to be adjusted as late reports come in during the week – a pattern experienced for a couple of months.

Source: Solano could begin vaccines for children 5 to 11 next week

A Vaca film premiere and the tuxedo treatment for ‘neurodiversity’ – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Vacaville has seen red-carpet film premieres before, especially movies or short films made by students.

But Thursday night at the Sunrise Event Center likely will be the first such local event to celebrate neurodiversity, with the release of the short film made this summer by young adults at the Solano County Office of Education’s Inclusion Films camp.

Just in time for the annual American revelry that is Halloween, the showing and livestreaming of “Tales from the Grave” begins at 6 p.m. at the 620 Orange Drive venue and anywhere where wi-fi access is available. To watch it live, visit https://www.solanocoe.net/scoefilmcamp.

Source: A Vaca film premiere and the tuxedo treatment for ‘neurodiversity’ – The Vacaville Reporter

Red carpet premiere celebrates neurodiversity – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education invites the community to celebrate neurodiversity at the red-carpet film premiere for the short film, “Tales from the Grave.”

The premiere will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Sun Rise Event Center, 620 Orange Drive.

The young adults who helped make the film will arrive in limousines, dressed in gowns and tuxedos for a walk down the red carpet. More than 300 Solano community members will be joining the celebration in person. The event will also be broadcast live for those who prefer to view from home.

Source: Red carpet premiere celebrates neurodiversity

Teacher, substitute shortages force FSUSD, VUSD administrators into the classroom – The Vacaville Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Public schools, including those in Solano County, for years have sometimes come up short when it comes to having enough teachers to fill all openings, especially in math, science, special education and foreign languages.

But with the fall semester well underway, and with students back into classrooms full time, the challenge to find and hire teachers and substitutes for any subject has become acute, in part because of the lingering pandemic, which has prompted a spike in retirements and resignations.

It has also led to a day-to-day scramble to find enough substitute teachers, leading to the unexpected necessity of having school and district administrators fill in, as they do in the Fairfield-Suisun and Vacaville unified districts. And a Vacaville teachers union official said there are “no quick fixes” and it’s only going to get worse.

Source: Teacher, substitute shortages force FSUSD, VUSD administrators into the classroom – The Vacaville Reporter

Celebrate Nuerodiversity at Our Red-Carpet Film Premiere! – SCOE

You are invited to join us in celebrating our Inclusion Film Camp participants at the red-carpet premier of their short film, Tales from the Grave on October 28, 2021 at Sunrise Event Center in Vacaville at 6:00 PM.

All attendees must reserve tickets in advance. Attendees must wear masks. Social distancing is strongly encouraged.

We hope you will join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our young people with unique abilities at this fun-filled event.

Source: Solano County Office of Education

First-Ever CDE Student Stability Reports Announced – Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)

Chief Deputy Superintendent Mary Nicely announced today the release of the first ever “Stability Rate” (SR) reports created by the California Department of Education (CDE). These reports were developed in response to requests from educators, policy makers, and educational partners across the state, and identify the number and percent of students who receive a “full year” of learning in the same school.

“I commend the work of the Analysis, Measurement & Accountability Reporting Division at the CDE in creating this report, which is another valuable tool for us to identify and assist our most vulnerable students,” Nicely said. “While most students do not move schools, some students move schools once or twice, and very few students move a lot. State and national foster youth advocacy groups have been requesting for years that California publish this data, since it is a great conversation starter on the rights of our vulnerable students on still attending the same school even if they are forced to relocate.”

Source: First-Ever CDE Student Stability Reports Announced – Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)

Kairos Public Schools recognized by US News and World Report – The Vacaville Reporter

Kairos Public Schools was identified as one of the top elementary schools and middle schools by US News and World Report Monday.

Kairos Public Schools operates two educational options within Vacaville: a TK-8 classroom-based option on Elm St with 500 students and a K-8 Independent Study/Homeschool program with 130 students on Alamo Drive.

“We are proud of our scholars and our staff for their commitment to excellence and we are thrilled to be recognized nationally,” Jared Austin, co-foudner and executive director, said in a statement. “We are committed to empowering a generation of learners to think critically, analyze and apply knowledge strategically and utilize relevant tools to interact thoughtfully with a global community and this recognition is another example of how we are meeting our mission.”

Source: Kairos Public Schools recognized by US News and World Report – The Vacaville Reporter

Contract for American Sign Language interpreters gets green light from Vaca trustees – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Trustees of the Vacaville School District have approved a contract to assist a student who is hard of hearing – even though the necessary personnel are not yet available.

The contract with Interpreting and Consulting Services Inc. is not to exceed $203,000 for the 2021-22 school year.

The contract, which was approved Thursday, will provide American Sign Language interpretation for a student in the school district who is hard of hearing.

Source: Contract for American Sign Language interpreters gets green light from Vaca trustees

Ghosts And Goblins Hunt For Goodies At Callison – The Vacaville Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

Dressed as the character, “Tuk Tuk” from the Disney movie, “Raya and the Last Dragon,” Rory Hill, 3 of Vacaville (left) gets a piece of candy from Lego Frankenstein, also known as Henry Jones, 6, of Vacaville, a first-grader at Callison Elementary School of Vacaville during the school’s Trunk or Treat event Friday on the playground at Callison. Organized by the school’s Parent/Teacher Council costumed students walked through a collection of decorated cars by parents and teachers to collect their treats.

Source: Photo: Ghosts And Goblins Hunt For Goodies At Callison – The Vacaville Reporter

Solano College announces bond refinancing results – Daily Republic

The Solano Community College District has announced its most recent bond initiative that it says will lower property taxes and save district taxpayers millions in future debt payments.

The district was able to achieve savings of approximately $13.9 million for local taxpayers by refinancing existing general obligation bonds, according to a press release.

The district has taken advantage of previous refinancing opportunities since 2005. The combined savings from all of the refinancing efforts now totals more than $46 million, the college district reports.

Source: Solano College announces bond refinancing results

Vacaville school board approves playground lease with neighboring school – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

School board members have approved the proposed commercial lease with Shelley Dally Early Learning Village and Pleasant Valley School.

A commercial lease with Pleasant Valley School at the Shelley Dally Early Learning Village site was approved Thursday for the coming school year.

The agreement is a no-cost land lease for 880 square feet of play area space to be used by the Pleasant Valley School.

Source: Vacaville school board approves playground lease with neighboring school

Travis school board OKs goal change that aims to improve student learning – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Travis School District trustees accepted the reworded Tuesday of the district’s No. 1 goal.

The previous language reads, “Focus on instructional excellence to increase achievement for every student using support systems to improve student learning and to close achievement gaps in order to prepare students for college and career.”

The reworked language is, “Focus on instructional and institutional excellence to promote equity for all, close the achievement gap, and improve student learning in preparation for opportunities beyond high school including college and career.”

Source: Travis school board OKs goal change that aims to improve student learning

Trustees at Travis schools adopt pandemic relief fund spending plan – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The Travis School District’s governing board this week approved the broad outline for how to spend more than $1.3 million in pandemic relief funds.

Sue Brothers, assistant superintendent of Educational Services, gave a presentation Tuesday night on the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III funding plan, and sought the board’s approval.

School districts, county offices of education or charter schools, collectively known as Local Education Agencies, that receive these pandemic relief funds under the American Rescue Plan Act, are required to develop a plan for how they will use their funds.

Source: Trustees at Travis schools adopt pandemic relief fund spending plan

CA district’s rapid COVID testing allows for ‘modified quarantine’ – California News Times

The Vacaville Unified School District now offers a free and quick COVID-19 test in a centralized location for students and staff. According to the district, the testing site made possible by VUSD’s registration with the California Public Health Service’s Antigen Testing Program will reduce the burden on administrators while keeping children learning in the classroom. At the beginning of the school year, COVID-19 testing and contact tracing took place on individual campuses. The school district’s new test site allows healthcare professionals to handle these tasks and helps managers do their best. Or stay away from the leadership leadership you provide to teachers in the classroom, “said Sasha Begall, assistant supervisor of education options and support at the Vacaville Unified School District. A quick test allows students to stay in class with minimal interruptions in class. Even if they come into contact with COVID-19-positive classmates, they will learn. “Under the modified quarantine, we can keep them in the classroom as long as they remain asymptomatic, participate in the tests and wear their masks,” Vegal said. Explained.

Source: California district’s rapid COVID testing allows for ‘modified quarantine’ – California News Times

Participatory Budgeting votes are in for Vallejo – Times-Herald

By Richard Freedman

The votes have been counted and eight of 11 applicants will get a chunk of the Participatory Budgeting’s Cycle 7 $547,000 set aside by the city.

Basic Need Resources and Services for Homeless, with partner Fighting Back Partnership, received the most votes — 545 — and is set to receive $75,000. No Child Goes Hungry, with Fighting Back again involved, this time with Faith Food Fridays and the Vallejo City Unified School District, totaled 535 votes and is earmarked for $74,800.

The third vote-getter with 480 was Animals Matter Project by the Humane Society of The North Bay, another $75,000 recipient. Also at $75,000 is the fourth place vote-getter with 474, Foster Youth Support Services and First Place for Youth.

Source: Participatory Budgeting votes are in for Vallejo – Times-Herald

Nobody argues like Benicia sophomores – Times-Herald

By Thomas Gase

There is no arguing it, Benicia High sophomores Gabriel Stockwell and Micheal Delgado know how to debate.

Stockwell and Delgado won gold and came in first place last week in the sixth annual Cal Parli Debate tournament. The tournament, normally held on the UC Berkeley campus, was much larger in 2021 due to it being online. The event drew teams from southern California and as far away as Connecticut. Still, it was Stockwell and Delgado that stood out above the rest.

“These two young men are talented, natural debaters, and they are supported by a skilled coaching staff and a dedicated group of fellow team members,” Benicia coach Michele Gaines said. “Michael and Gabe went the distance. We were all ecstatic. They were exhausted.”

Source: Making a case: Nobody argues like Benicia sophomores – Times-Herald

School districts hit hard by teacher, substitute shortages – The Vacaville Reporter

By Summer Lin

San Jose High senior Jordan Fricke knows of one class that’s had a revolving door of three long-term substitute teachers so far this fall. Berkeley High School teacher Hasmig Minassian has seen a librarian supervise four classes because no one else was available. Logan Mengotto’s father said his son didn’t have a teacher in two classes the first week at Hercules High School.

Public schools throughout the Bay Area and the state are grappling with a spike in teacher absences and vacancies as schools have reopened, coupled with a shortage of substitutes, leading them to increase pay for subs, offer signing bonuses for new hires and ask other school and district staff members to take over classes.

Source: School districts hit hard by teacher, substitute shortages – The Vacaville Reporter

CA districts anticipate major hits to their 2022-23 budgets as enrollments drop – Times-Herald

By Ali Tadayon, EdSource

Despite this year’s return to in-person learning, districts throughout the state are seeing major declines in both enrollment and average daily attendance and fear the reductions could result in significant funding cuts next school year.

Without state intervention, many districts face substantial cuts in state funding and could be forced to make significant budget cuts in the 2022-23 school year due to a fall in enrollment and attendance to which funding is tied. Districts’ baseline funding depends on the number of students enrolled, minus the daily average number of absent students.

Source: California districts anticipate major hits to their 2022-23 budgets as enrollments drop – Times-Herald